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11-04-2012, 11:20 AM
1. Leopard Cub


Budapest, Hungary (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/places-of-a-lifetime/budapest.html), October 21, 2008--A four-week-old Persian leopard (http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/leopard.html)cub looks into a camera during a media unveiling at the Budapest Zoo. The cub has a twin.

Persian leopards are native to the Middle East. The largest populations are in Iran (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/countries/country_iran.html) and Afghanistan (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/countries/country_afghanistan.html), according to the IUCN. The organization lists the cats as endangered.

Ever-increasing habitat fragmentation and loss of prey across the leopard's mountainous range are considered primary threats.

2. Diamondback Terrapin


Riverhead, New York (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/states/state_newyork_state.html)--No, you're not seeing double. The diamondback terrapin in this undated photo has two heads. The turtle was discovered on the beach in Nortport, New York, and put under the care of a veterinarian at Atlantis Marine World.

Getting the turtle to feed may prove the biggest obstacle as the two heads appear to operate independently, according to the aquarium. The IUCN lists the diamondback terrapin as a lower risk, near-threatened species.

3. Bird Treatment


Jurong, Singapore (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/countries/country_singapore_cntry.html), October 21, 2008--A veterinarian clears mucus from the beak of a sedated white-headed vulture on the operating table at the Singapore Bird Park for treatment of bumble foot, a bacterial infection that leads to puss-filled lesions on the feet and digits.

White headed vultures are native to sub-Saharan Africa and are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN. Singapore's wildlife reserves are active in the conservation of birds facing worldwide threats, the Associated Press reports.

4. Papier-mache Pandas (http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/giant-panda.html)


Paris, France (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/places-of-a-lifetime/paris.html), October 18, 2008--Conservationists placed 1,600 papier-mache pandas (http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/giant-panda.html)on Paris's Trocadero esplanade to raise awareness that only 1,600 of the iconic species are left on Earth and to encourage people to reverse the deterioration of natural resources.

The display was put together by the World Wildlife Fund and the population estimate is based on their most recent survey. The IUCN lists pandas as endangered. Habitat destruction remains the primary threat to the bamboo-eating bears.

5. Horned Frog


New York, New York (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/places-of-a-lifetime/newyork.html)--A Surinam horned frog sits on a pumpkin at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in this undated photo. Zoo animals are given pumpkins around Halloween for physical and mental "behavioral enrichment," according to the society.

Surinam horned frogs are also known as Pac-Man frogs due to their wide mouths. The primarily nocturnal frogs live among the leaf litter in the Amazon rainforests. They are avid feeders, employing a sit-and-wait ambush on their prey.

(Theo National Geographic)